Two German ships have become the first Western commercial vessels to navigate the Northeast Passage - a shipping route which goes from Asia to Europe around the Russian Arctic.
One of the captains told the BBC that their journey opened new, exciting possibilities for the whole international shipping community.
Valeriy Durov, shipmaster of The Beluga Foresight, is your archetypal captain: a short man with a big moustache and a sense of great authority in his voice.
"I was slightly surprised by what we saw," he told us as we stood on the bridge of his cargo lifter.
"There was virtually no ice on most of the route. Twenty years ago, when I worked in the eastern part of the Arctic, I couldn't even imagine something like this.
"I think it will soon be possible to navigate the Northeast Passage all year round. We were escorted by an ice-breaker but, frankly, we could have done without it. This is great news for our industry."
Mr Durov's ship had just arrived in Archangel, a major sea port in north-western Russia. It was met by a cold, unpleasant drizzle and grey autumnal skies...
Nice video at the link (that won't embed)
- so if you are looking to invest you might take a look at construction bonds for the port of Archangel ! (I think business will suffer for the Suez)
Also as requested in the previous post a link to new Viking settlements discovered due to the warming of the arctic.